Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.
On a bench at the mall, a young mother rests with a baby in her lap and a toddler at her feet. She encourages the toddler, “Say Happy New Year! Say it. Say Happy New Year.” The toddler is shy and leans in close.
As I pass, the boy speaks up, “Happy New Year!”
I smile over him and reply, “And Happy New Year to you!”
He glances up at me in shock, and I see for the first time the cell phone in his hand–a call being cajoled from him–and a frown forming on his face, “Not you!”
His mother can’t help but laugh, but she tries to correct him, “Okay, that’s okay.”
“Not you!” He calls out after me, but it seems he is too late.
2013 was a lovely year to spend with my nieces, who do–indeed–make me a very happy aunt. Happy New Year!